Anaheim Ducks Military Appreciation Night
Anaheim Ducks Military Appreciation Night is scheduled to take place on the 10th of November. They will be hosting the Philadelphia Flyers.
The first 10,000 fans to attend the game against the Flyers set to begin at 7:00 PM PT will get a Ducks Boonie Hat. The Night and the Giveaway is presented by Pacific Premier Bank.
The game will begin with the puck dropped by US Army Special Forces Master Sergeant James C. "Jimmy" Pera in a pregame ceremony. Also featured in the theme night are representatives of the UHL participating in various events like the Community Hero Award and the Salute to Those Who Serve Award.
Fans will have a chance to grab an autographed Military Night jersey in the auction scheduled to begin on noon PT Nov 10 and will last until noon the next day.
Master Sergeant Pera has won two Bronze Star Medals and in 2021 he was involved in the evacuation of American Citizens, allied Afghan Special Ops soldiers, officials, and their families. He was additionally recommended for the following awards in recognition of his service as well.
- a third Bronze Star for Valor
- the Meritorious Service Medal
- The Ranger Tab
- the Special Forces Tab
- the Expert Infantryman’s Badge
- the Combat Infantryman's Badge
United Heroes League (UHL), Veteran Tickets Foundation (Vet Tix), and their local nonprofit community partners are the ones the Ducks will be raising funds and awareness through this theme night.
The UHL is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization out of Hastings, Minnesota that is dedicated to keeping military kids active and healthy via sports while their parents are serving the country.
The UHL is partnered with professional teams in the MLB, MLS, NBA, NFL, and the NHL that donate equipment to them along with providing free game tickets for military families among other contributions made to the cause. NHLPA has donated $300,000 worth of hockey gear to the UHL.
Vet Tix is an organization that works to provide currently serving military and Veterans with free tickets to various sporting and other events. They provide tickets for events like hockey games as they are a good way for active personnel and veterans to reduce stress and enjoy time with their families.